May 23, 1999
In Acts, Luke records how God used Paul’s Gospel proclamation to touch the heart of a local business woman named Lydia. Alistair Begg notes that like many of us, Lydia attended a church meeting, listened to a sermon, and then responded to the message—in her case, with faith. She was then baptized to illustrate the covenant relationship into which she had just entered. Where do we fall on this continuum of attending, listening, and responding?
13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
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